We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Blinking cursors and blank pages. The creative hump, striking fear into your heart. It honestly does annoy me when this happens. I could be working so hard all week, writing, drawing – all sorts. Then, the burnout sets in.
It’s only natural for anyone with a creative mind to have an idea drought. This happens to writers, bloggers, artists – literally anyone whose jobs or hobbies lie in a creative field. I definitely find myself lacking motivation and in search of ways to kick-start my creative juices, as they say.
Here are just a few ways that you can easily light a spark under yourself, and get back to creating what you love.
1. Take regular breaks!
One thing that can really help stave off that creative hump, is to take breaks every now and then. If you’re drawing or writing, I would recommend taking a small 5-15 minute break every hour. This way, you won’t feel to exhausted and the amount of work you have left to do won’t seem as foreboding. You will find yourself refreshed and it should help you to maintain a nice working pace. You’ll get a lot more work done in the long run!
2. Keep the ideas flowing.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m like a goddamn broken record saying it. Get on Pinterest! Pinterest is the pinnacle off all things creative. It is a search engine that is way more tailored towards visuals, so you can make gorgeous little boards with bits and pieces of inspiration. Now, never directly copy – that’s just bad form.
Keeping a journal is a great idea. You can scribble ideas or write them neatly. This way, if you’re stuck in a rut, you can go to your notes and pick an idea from there! You’ll be working away in no time.
3. Stop what you’re doing!
Sometimes the reason you can’t begin or complete your creative work, is that the work is wrong. This happens to me a lot when I’m drawing, I’ll get halfway through and leave it. I’ll say that I will come back to it and I never do. In hindsight, I never EVER actually felt good about the picture. I didn’t like it at all.
The best thing to do here is scrap it. Like, don’t keep doing something that makes you unhappy. Or something you’re not 100% proud of. Put a line under it, start something else.
4. Need a holiday? Might do.
Yeah, you read that right! I’m talking about high octane or prolonged periods of stress from the hump. You might be doing exams, a college dissertation, maybe even job stress. If you’ve been burned out too long, I think a holiday is well deserved – that is of course if you can! You can go foreign or literally to the next county. But take a full on break, see some new sights and free your mind of all of those stressors in your life.
Get back basking in the holiday glow, feeling refreshed and tackle that work like a warrior.
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Don’t lose sight of what you love.
When you get into a creative hump, it might really get you down! You can feel like you’re wasting your time or not getting the most out of your craft. Sometimes all you need is a little breather, or to familiarise yourself with lots of inspiration on your chosen subject. You will find yourself in times of stress, even when you’re doing something you really love – but don’t let it overtake you. The worst thing that can happen is you losing sight of why you love doing something in the first place. A lot of people delve into some sort of art form and get too stressed and eventually will quit at what they’re doing. It’s not something I like the idea of! De-stressing is the key. Learn to work in a nice, consistent way that will enable the ideas to flow. You’ll find it much more rewarding.
If you have any tips on getting over that creative hump, why not drop a comment below?
And don’t forget to pin this photo, so others see this post!